Mere weeks remain in the regular season and teams battle for playoff positioning. Will the Nashville Predators stay atop this week’s power rankings?
What a week it was! After winning 10 games in a row, the Nashville Predators fell to the New Jersey Devils in a shootout. The common theme of coming back late in the game was in order and the Predators needed a goal in the last four minutes to tie. Great saves by both goalies kept both teams in it through the extra period. The Predators just came up short in the shootout.
Still, the single point earned extended the Predators’ division lead to 7 points as Winnipeg lost. The Vegas Golden Knights also needed a comeback to send their game to overtime, only to win in a shootout. Odds are these three teams will remain at the top the rest of the season.
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As for the rest of the conference, it is anybody’s guess as to how it will finish. Minnesota won seven of their last ten games keeping them three points ahead of the Wild Card. Still, three points separate four teams from the second Wild Card. Even though the St. Louis Blues are 2-6-2 in their last 10, they can still earn a playoff berth. Calgary is not far off either. Right now, five Central Division teams are in.
There is not much time left. Will a team make a charge? We will see. Here is how the Western Conference stacks up in our weekly Power Rankings.